Nigeria’s Battle with P&ID

Nigeria’s Battle with P&ID

I wish there was an individual who could  let Governments know that the current procurement procedures are comic, and agreements and contracts awarded are to be followed religiously to the later, that you cannot wake up and just decide to alter something that two parties have agreed upon even if one group was drunk or unprepared when the signing took place.

A nation should obey its laws and keep to agreements. When they start attacking these, they gradually slip into lawlessness and chaos and instability.

There should be continuity of economic policies, there should be continuity of capital projects, and there should also be continuity and predictability in the economic sphere . At the same time, procurement and award of contract is not the sole belongings of one man. Whoever that maybe.

The reason most foreign organizations may shy away from coming to invest in Nigeria is because they have no idea what to expect or whether contracts will be respected or whether policies will be altered the moment power shifts hands or even whether signed contracts are truly valid.

To some leaders, it seems to them that decisions at the executive level is the sole responsibility and business and problem of whoever is there,  without realizing that whatever comes out of there, the entire nation is roped together in it. So if Mr A makes a decision and leaves, Mr B can undo it since he wasn’t the one who directly took the action. Unfortunately that’s not how the international community sees it.

It would be very difficult for any international body to take us seriously if we can’t keep to simple agreements.

Economic decisions are being made with political minds and thoughts. Decisions are made or unmade based on political  interest or perceived interest.

You may be wondering where this is coming from,  I myself I’m wondering too.

I’m probably as lost and confused as anybody is at the moment .

Few days ago,  it was announced that Nigeria had lost about $9 billion to an Irish firm simply because we couldn’t keep our own part of an agreement ,if really it was an agreement . It’s difficult to blame a specific individual  for this because when and how this contract was signed is shrouded in mystery. A few suggests it was signed at the time the late President Musa Yar’adua was in coma . Whoever signed it! Anyway, I don’t believe in ghosts. According to Reuters –

“A judge in London said on Friday he would grant a firm called Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) the right to seek to seize some $9 billion in assets from the Nigerian government over an aborted gas project.

The company was awarded $6.6 billion in an arbitration decision over a failed project to build a gas processing plant in the southern Nigerian city of Calabar. With interest payments, the sum now tops $9 billion – some 20% of Nigeria’s foreign reserves

The judge’s decision, issued on Friday, converts the arbitration award to a legal judgement, which would allow P&ID to try to seize international assets.”

It’s not so difficult to understand why the government would want bail out of an agreement of such magnitude considering how the contract was awarded.

I don’t want to make assumptions as to why, but according to the Minister of Information :

“We want to place on record that the Federal Government views with serious concerns the underhand manner the contract was negotiated and signed. “Indications are that the whole process was carried out by some vested interests in the past administration, which apparently colluded with their local and international conspirators to inflict grave economic injury on Nigeria and its people.

“In view of the above, and in an attempt to unravel the circumstances surrounding the entire transaction, the  Attorney-General of the Federation, with the approval of Mr President, has requested the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, and the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to conduct a thorough investigation into the company, the circumstances surrounding the agreement and the subsequent event, which includes commencing a full-scale criminal investigation.”

As the whole process continues to unfold, I still hope and pray that the nation would come out triumphantly, somehow.

Remember that Nigeria had lost a  case to Cameroon in a 2002 ICJ ruling leading to the forfeiture of Bakassi Peninsula as a result of an agreement the Government of the day signed with the Cameroonian government during the civil war. 

One thing the Government and people in power should recognize is that the International community  expect agreements and laws to be respected and obeyed . They may not be interested in your internal political folklore , riddles and ghost stories.

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4 thoughts on “Nigeria’s Battle with P&ID

  1. My own is that we need to strip a lot of people, dead or life any national award or institution named after them. What I cannot withstand is seeing names of all the dead and living thieves emblazoned on our roads, streets, properties and institutions; we must start the cleansing from there. You cannot embarrass this country at some point and still have your name remembered by children who would think you were a hero or heroine.

    Many people had/have dealt with this country, plundering it in all ways possible, but we still view them as though they deserve some honour.

    As for the P&ID mess, let’s hope that we wake up soon and hear that it has been resolved, without balkanising whatever that left of our paltry revenue channels.

    It’s sad, but before many goat heads are prosecuted, at least let’s withdraw all those CFR, CON, MFR, etc, and wipe off their names on any entity or streets named after them.

  2. P&ID didn’t build the gas plant and Nigeria didn’t build any gas pipeline, So both defaulted. Sadly P&ID protected themselves in the said agreement with different legal clauses but Nigeria didn’t – unserious Nigeria – so sad…How did we arrive at $9billion? Which expected income when they didn’t build anything? Keeping to their own end of the bargain would have now shown they lost anything and now deserving of any award for their losses – I can’t see what they lost. I’m saying this because it appears P&ID planned it and Nigeria stupidly fall for them

    Sadly, Nigeria don’t seem to want to wake up – the continued blame game is a clear indication. The project was a great one for Nigeria, Nigeria flared the gas afterall but Nigeria could have negotiated well and better. Unfortunately the Lead for Nigeria team is now dead (the then minister), he should have answered some questions.

    Nigeria should seek out of court settlement or look for more serious legal minds but I think out of settlement is best.

  3. I think Mr Francis may have a point but on the other hand, that could be chasing the shadow on this case. Names don’t really matter but attitude does. Stripping off names off people will require explaining the reason why it should be done, protocols etc to avoid injustice because no one is actually righteous.

    But on the issue, it’s a big hit on Nigeria, I agree. That amount for merely a breach of contract (huge as it may seem) is highly uncalled for. But we could distract them, we could take on a higher court and sue them demanding the breakdown of the fine they agreed on.

    But, Why not something lesser than $9 billion? why don’t they understand that the past govt made the mistake. Why don’t they promote the peace that is being hammered by the UN through this means? How about coming over to help us unravel the mystery if they truly love. I’m sure this thought of mine is not entirely stupid.


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